About Us

Judith Beermann, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Judith is publisher and editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Dish. Since its 2009 launch, Judith has directed marketing and business development for the publication in addition to reporting. After a government career at The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Judith returned to her love of the arts full-time. As associate publisher for The West End Guide, a local … [read more]

Beth Solomon, Founder

With journalism in her genes — her mother was a society reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Chicago Tribune; her aunt was Nina Hyde, the Washington Post Fashion Editor — Beth Solomon began her career as a radio reporter in East Africa for the Voice of America, Radio France, and Deutsche Welle. As a freelance producer for ABC News, she covered the fall of the … [read more]

Janet Staihar, Editor-at-Large

Janet “Jan” Staihar is a writer, communications strategist, and sometimes photographer. Her DC-based company is Staihar & Associates LLC. She is a native of Oregon where she attended the U of O, and is a journalism graduate of the University of Iowa. She wrote and edited for the Associated Press in Newark, Baltimore, Atlantic City and Washington DC. She covered … [read more]

Fatema Sachak, Author

Fatema Sachak is a passionate food, travel, and lifestyle who started her own food blog, fattsoo's cravings whilst in college. Originally from Zimbabwe, she moved to DC in 2018 after graduating from Dickinson College and fell in love with the city. As an avid adventurer and traveler, Fatema loves to explore all areas of DC and beyond, excited to discover new cuisines and … [read more]

Peter Rosenstein, "Community Palette" Columnist

Mr. Rosenstein graduated with a BA degree in political science and minor in education from CCNY in 1969 and received his MPA from Baruch College in 1978. He taught school in New York City; was Administrative Aide to Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug (D-NY); Citywide Coordinator of Local Government for the Mayor’s Office in New York City and Executive Director of the White House … [read more]

Gwendolyn van Paasschen, Correspondent

Gwendolyn van Paasschen is a garden designer and writer with extensive experience in the non-profit world. Having worked with internationally renowned British landscape designer and author John Brookes MBE on a major multi-year project in Upstate New York, she helped him write his memoir, A Landscape Legacy (Pimpernel Press, 2018), and now serves as chairman of the John … [read more]

Page Evans, Author of "Page's Turn"

Page Evans lives in Georgetown with her two daughters and Angus, their black Lab. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian and various other publications. Her essay on motherhood, “Sharks and Jets,” is in “Mommy Wars,” (Random House, 2006). She also has a piece in “2 To Do Before I Die,” (Little Brown, 2005). She is currently working on a book of … [read more]

Simon Jacobsen, Architectural Correspondent

Simon Jacobsen was born and raised in Georgetown and has never left. He is the Managing Design Partner of the Georgetown architectural firm Jacobsen Architecture, LLC and practices internationally with his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Simon Jacobsen is an award winning designer and a member of Architectural Digest's AD100, the alpha list of the best architects and … [read more]

David H. Rothman, "Rothman At-Large" Columnist

David Rothman is author of The Solomon Scandals (Twilight Times Books), a gritty mix of suspense, satire and tragedy set in the Washington of several decades ago. An ancestor was a Jewish tax collector under the Tsar, and bureaucracy and hierarchy fascinate David today.He has just published No Taller than My Gun, about a brilliant child soldier turned drone whiz turned … [read more]

Ada Polla, "King Cake" Columnist

In 2004, daughter and co-creator of Alchimie Forever, Ada Polla set out to launch her family’s Swiss based skincare line in the US. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus and determination, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her several press-worthy opportunities to communicate her family’s knowledge and … [read more]

Kristen Coffield, Lifestyle Arts "Create & Curate" Contributor

Kristen Coffield is the Eating Expert. She teaches purpose-driven humans how to turn food and habit into superpowers for health and happiness. As the founder of theculinarycure.com, she simplifies wellness into doable daily habits that hold the key to enhanced wellness and living younger, longer, and better. Kristen is the author of How Healthy People Eat: An Eater's Guide … [read more]

Janet Donovan, Author of "Hollywood on the Potomac"

Janet Donovan is President, Creative Enterprises International, a Washington-based PR/Publicity firm. She has lived in France, Spain, and Italy and is conversant in the three languages. Her column, Hollywood on the Potomac, appears in Washington Life Magazine and HollywoodonthePotomac.com. Janet has three children, one grandson and a granddaughter. … [read more]

Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Correspondent

As founder and president of Flying Colors Broadcasts based in Georgetown, Constance Chatfield-Taylor assists clients in the design, development, integration and ongoing management of communications networks. Her company has provided live broadcast coordination to the White House, Senate and House Committees, USIA and VOA for both democratic and republican administrations … [read more]

Leslie Kamrad, Photographer and Reviewer

Leslie Kamrad is an attorney at the National Trust for Historic Preservation when she is not using her artistic talents in Georgetown as a photographer. As an active member of the Citizens Association for Georgetown on its Historic Preservation Committee, she loves architectural photography and the study of history and culture, and is a member of the DC Historic Districts … [read more]

Leslie Maysak, Contributor

Leslie Maysak is a local writer and longtime Georgetown resident. A Boston native, Leslie moved to Washington in 1999 and has been an active member of various community organizations and initiatives including Share Our Strength, The Citizens Association of Georgetown and Friends of Volta Park as well as a board member and committee member of several non-profit … [read more]